Marchmadness Day 30-Not Giving up
Wow, can you believe it's almost April? Time really flies by when you're in the revision ditches like I've been! Just got the proofs for NO GODDESSES ALLOWED which means this next week I'll be busy checking and rechecking my story before it goes out to get published!
This project seems to have taken FOREVER or like Liz my fab editor at Zumaya likes to say--it has been under the mummy's curse. This is in reference to Jordan's cursed bracelet.
Today I'm going to use A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY again! Loving this book that I picked up at ALA12 last summer! Thanks New World Library and Barbara Abercrombie!
#360 On Not Giving Up
Kathryn Stockett got sixty rejections for her bestselling novel THE HELP. Her first rejection read, "Story did not sustain my interest." But it was her very first rejection, so she was actually thrilled with it. She went back to edit her story. On the fortieth rejection, she cried.
She thought like I did after I got this one rejection from my dream agent that even though he would have jumped to sign me on a year ago that he worried that my novel(CROSSED OUT) would struggle in an already saturated market.
But I kept on because I had faith that someone would love my novel and I knew it should be out there.
One huge thing I've learned with this biz is that's it's not for the faint of heart. You do develop a hard skin. You have too especially after you do sell your novel and the reviews start coming in.
But one big thing is to be persistent and to not give up!
It took Kathryn Stockett five years and her sixty-first response before she got that 'yes'.
Love this quote from her:
...I can't tell you how to succeed. But I can tell you how to not to: Give in to the shame of being rejected and put your manuscript in the coffin tha is your bedside drawer and close it for good.... Kathryn Stockett
For me it was the seventy-eighth response that lead to that elusive 'yes.'
Also I did a mini happy dance when I got a contract for book two in the GODDESSES series due in 2014!
My question is how do you not give up when it seems like rejection follows you?
Tomorrow is our final day! Don't forget to check in tomorrow with Kelsey Macke at http://www.kelseyiswriting.blogspot.com